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Interesting mix we put together today! NC warns people near Duke Energy plants not to drink their water, though they're still not allowed to "stand their ground" against Duke, I guess. Armando brings us back to electoral politics, with questions about why the keen press curiosity about the Clinton Foundation seems to be missing with respect to, for instance, Jeb Bush's SuperPAC, which of course is not supposed to be connected with Jeb in the first place, but whatevs. The latest from Tulsa: investigators concluded in 2009 that "reserve deputy" Robert Bates had received special treatment during training and in the field, telling deputies who questioned his actions "that he could do what he wanted, and that anyone who had a problem with him should go see the sheriff." Well, it was nice while it lasted, America. Who should bear the costs of fast food restaurant robberies? Surprise! Franchise owners say the employees should!

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More news from Tulsa, though I told you last week we were going to hear this angle, eventually.

We'll catch up with the latest details, more of the most interesting writing about them, and a cache of the strangest stories I've collected in the past few weeks.

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Greg Dworkin notes Obama's trip to the Everglades to talk about climate change, which you're not allowed to say in Florida; Rick Scott's anti-Obamacare "tantrum," and Scott Walker squanders his first opening. Ted Cruz as college debate dick. Will [X] make more Jewish-Americans vote Republican? Still no. Joan McCarter visits to bring us up to speed on the Senate trafficking bill/Lynch nomination deal, Patriot Act reauthorization, TPP Fast Track, Ron Johnson's idea of delaying Obamacare-swiping until after his next election, more on Rick Scott's tantrum/lawsuit, and Trey Gowdy's decision to drop a Benghazi report in the middle of the 2016 election. Finally, Stephen Wolf's "The richest 0.01 percent of Americans gave 42 percent of political donations in 2012," and how the NRA may be evading federal campaign law.

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Greg Dworkin notes Obama's trip to the Everglades to talk about climate change, which you're not allowed to say in Florida; Rick Scott's anti-Obamacare "tantrum," and Scott Walker squanders his first opening. Ted Cruz as college debate dick. Will [X] make more Jewish-Americans vote Republican? Still no. Joan McCarter visits to bring us up to speed on the Senate trafficking bill/Lynch nomination deal, Patriot Act reauthorization, TPP Fast Track, Ron Johnson's idea of delaying Obamacare-swiping until after his next election, more on Rick Scott's tantrum/lawsuit, and Trey Gowdy's decision to drop a Benghazi report in the middle of the 2016 election. Finally, Stephen Wolf's "The richest 0.01 percent of Americans gave 42 percent of political donations in 2012," and how the NRA may be evading federal campaign law.

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It's Wednesday! And by amazing coincidence, Wednesday once again arrives just in time for Joan McCarter to visit! It's almost as though we planned it that way!

It's good timing though, as there are reports of things happening in Congress. So we'll want to check in and see if that's true. And if so, what those things are, and which, if any, are terrible.

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Today's gun conversation: certain people are pretty sure they are super-awesome at convincing their kids not to touch guns. So that problem's solved! Greg Dworkin rounds up polling news, where Clinton dominates all comers. The Village is unsurprised. Warren's message gets required acknowledgement. Does Huckabee matter? Christie still toast, loses allies, with no McCain "comeback" in the cards. Docs want Dr. Oz out. Where did this 420 thing come from? The exciting conclusion of "The Free-Market Fantasy," plus a brief peek at the cold roots of libertarianism. A follow-up to the "pattern recognition" discussion sparked by the FBI crime lab news: right or wrong, our brains are hard wired for this.

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Today's gun conversation: certain people are pretty sure they are super-awesome at convincing their kids not to touch guns. So that' problem's solved! Greg Dworkin rounds up polling news, where Clinton dominates all comers. The Village is unsurprised. Warren's message gets required acknowledgement. Does Huckabee matter? Christie still toast, loses allies, with no McCain "comeback" in the cards. Docs want Dr. Oz out. Where did this 420 thing come from? The exciting conclusion of "The Free-Market Fantasy," plus a brief peek at the cold roots of libertarianism. A follow-up to the "pattern recognition" discussion sparked by the FBI crime lab news: right or wrong, our brains are hard wired for this.

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It's Tuesday! And this week, that means Greg Dworkin returns after a rather lengthy absence! It might not ever mean that again, but that's what it means this week. Or at least, that's what it's supposed to mean, barring anything unexpected.

So we'll have structure to the first quarter of the show again, at long last!

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Guy who flew his gyrocopter into DC to protest big money in politics is baffled as to how people have become distracted from his message. Lazy, shiftless workers skip out on their jobs. Oh, I mean, patriotic first responders express "safety concerns." Big story of the day: for decades, the FBI's crime lab techs helped convict defendants based on seriously flawed hair "matching" analyses. But the flaws are way, way bigger than the analyses themselves! Arliss Bunny helps us explain why. Did Tulsa Co. falsify Robert Bates' training records? The records he's provided don't actually measure up. It's no surprise that the wealthy want/need the rest of us to think of free markets as "natural." Just how far off the mark might that be?

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Guy who flew his gyrocopter into DC to protest big money in politics is baffled as to how people have become distracted from his message. Lazy, shiftless workers skip out on their jobs. Oh, I mean, patriotic first responders express "safety concerns." Big story of the day: for decades, the FBI's crime lab techs helped convict defendants based on seriously flawed hair "matching" analyses. But the flaws are way, way bigger than the analyses themselves! Arliss Bunny helps us explain why. Did Tulsa Co. falsify Robert Bates' training records? The records he's provided don't actually measure up. It's no surprise that the wealthy want/need the rest of us to think of free markets as "natural." Just how far off the mark might that be?

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Happy Monday! We're back, and ready to catch up on the news, and the start of a new week. I'm glad we already have so many interesting stories set aside, because judging by the Twitter traffic, you're all high right now.

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We took a time-traveling, patchwork approach to today's show. If you only heard the live show, be sure to download this special, extended podcast version & you'll see what we mean! First, some discussion of the exploding scandal of the Tulsa County, OK "reserve deputy" program. Then, Meteor Blades checks in with an update on the Iran deal and the related Congressional maneuverings, plus a heads-up on the fast-moving TPP situation. Finally, the long-awaited reading & discussion of James Fallows' "The Tragedy of the American Military."

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We took a time-traveling, patchwork approach to today's show. If you only heard the live show, be sure to download this special, extended podcast version & you'll see what we mean! First, some discussion of the exploding scandal of the Tulsa County, OK "reserve deputy" program. Then, Meteor Blades checks in with an update on the Iran deal and the related Congressional maneuverings, plus a heads-up on the fast-moving TPP situation. Finally, the long-awaited reading & discussion of James Fallows' "The Tragedy of the American Military."

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I think we've got it together to put another live show back on the air before the weekend, though things are still chaotic at KITM World HQ. But we'll make every effort, given the stories we have to catch up with.

By now you've all seen the latest outrageous developments in the Tulsa Co. "reserve deputy" story, and I was sorry to miss the chance to discuss it live yesterday. But we'll definitely need to kick that one around. It was once just a crazy GunFAIL story, and now it's exploded into a national scandal.

All that, plus our usual Friday spring cleaning should give you plenty to talk about this weekend!

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BREAKING: A rich fellow haz a public sad that "business" is no longer fun. No one could have predicted this, but white parents in NC are using charter schools to re-segregate. Did someone you know once work hard? Well, then, you should be rich! Joan McCarter brings us up to speed on the House's Tax Day shenanigans, the completion of the "doc fix" bill, the Senate's confirmation of a long-delayed judicial nomination, and developments on the Iran deal front. She also debunks a persistent Internet rumor about Idaho Gov. Butch Otter. But unfortunately, rumors of Sharia panic in the state's legislature aren't equally unfounded. Of note: Mother Jones takes on the ambitious question of how much money gun violence costs us each year.

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Back to the old time travel routine today, as KITM HQ is full of house guests today! So we'll pretend it's April 16, 2014.

And that means it's Cowachella time: the Great Bundy "ranch" freakout!

As an added bonus, it'll be Joan McCarter Day again. Sort of.

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BREAKING: A rich fellow haz a public sad that "business" is no longer fun. No one could have predicted this, but white parents in NC are using charter schools to re-segregate. Did someone you know once work hard? Well, then, you should be rich! Joan McCarter brings us up to speed on the House's Tax Day shenanigans, the completion of the "doc fix" bill, the Senate's confirmation of a long-delayed judicial nomination, and developments on the Iran deal front. She also debunks a persistent Internet rumor about Idaho Gov. Butch Otter. But unfortunately, rumors of Sharia panic in the state's legislature aren't equally unfounded. Of note: Mother Jones takes on the ambitious question of how much money gun violence costs us each year.

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BREAKING: A rich fellow haz a public sad that "business" is no longer fun. No one could have predicted this, but white parents in NC are using charter schools to re-segregate. Did someone you know once work hard? Well, then, you should be rich! Joan McCarter brings us up to speed on the House's Tax Day shenanigans, the completion of the "doc fix" bill, the Senate's confirmation of a long-delayed judicial nomination, and developments on the Iran deal front. She also debunks a persistent Internet rumor about Idaho Gov. Butch Otter. But unfortunately, rumors of Sharia panic in the state's legislature aren't equally unfounded. Of note: Mother Jones takes on the ambitious question of how much money gun violence costs us each year.

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